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*Der Kampf, *Editorial, *Graphic Design

Writing sci-fi

This is not an attempt to start a career as a writer. Obviously. The Idea behind this book Der Kampf was to create… the book… but not a normal book  rather some sort of one-of-a-kind object written by hand or typewritten, as opposed to being mechanically printed or reproduced in some automated way… then ten years later I started to digitizing everything do to deterioration… then I started to introduce some vector art…

So a work of art that utilize the form of the book connecting self-publishing and self-distribution with the integration of text, image and form.

One-of-a-kind book written with a Special In and Silver-gelatin layers so since you’re looking at my web page, you probably have some sort of interest in what I’m doing.

The best Genre fitted for this these… these “archaic” methods of editorial design definitely as the title indicates was the Science Fiction genre.

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Many, many people (one) have emailed me asking what advice I might offer to an aspiring writer.

How to write science fiction – top tips

I’ve put together some tips that I have heard/read again and again over the years:

  • Read, read, read. Read widely and voraciously lots of science fiction. As with any kind of writing, the best way to learn how to do it is to read it. Classic science fiction writers include Jules Gabriel Verne, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke.
  • Practice, practice, practice writing. Writing is a craft that requires both talent and acquired skills. You learn by doing, by making mistakes and then seeing where you went wrong.
  • Do your homework. Learn about the real science and technology that is related to the imaginary world you are creating.
  • Create an ordered universe. Figure out the rules of your imaginary worlds ahead of time, and follow those rules consistently.
  • Make it feel real. You are inviting readers to visit an alternate reality. They will want to be able to see, hear, feel, smell, and even taste what it’s like. Whether your novel’s about a world without disease or an undiscovered planet in another galaxy, help your readers feel like they’re actually there.
  • Do not read Orson Scott Card’s book, How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy. I have read blogs of Indie writers that were more helpful and don´t get me wrong Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite Sci-fi writers.
  • Perhaps the most important point is seeking out constructive feedback on your work. Take suggestions seriously, and learn from them. Not all criticisms will be on the mark, but even those that aren’t can help you spot problems that need attention. You must decide for yourself which suggestions to take, and which to leave. Writing workshops can be invaluable–not just to the aspiring writer but also to the working professional. I have belonged to a local writing group for over ten years, and they critique every piece of work I am proud of.

Sci-fi origins

J. G. Verne, like H. G. Wells, is frequently cited as one of the founders of the genre, and his profound influence on its development is indisputable; however, many earlier writers, such as Lucian of Samosata and Mary Shelley, have also been cited as creators of science fiction, an unavoidable ambiguity arising from the vague definition and history of the genre.

A primary issue at the heart of the dispute is the question of whether Verne’s works count as science fiction to begin with. Maurice Renard claimed that Verne “never wrote a single sentence of scientific-marvelous”. Verne himself argued repeatedly in interviews that his novels were not meant to be read as scientific, saying “I do not in any way pose as a scientist” and “I have invented nothing.” His own goal was rather to “depict the earth and at the same time to realize a very high ideal of beauty of style”, as he pointed out in an example:

I wrote Five Weeks in a Balloon, not as a story about ballooning, but as a story about Africa. I always was greatly interested in geography and travel, and I wanted to give a romantic description of Africa. Now, there was no means of taking my travellers through Africa otherwise than in a balloon, and that is why a balloon is introduced.… I may say that at the time I wrote the novel, as now, I had no faith in the possibility of ever steering balloons…

Closely related to Verne’s science-fiction reputation is the often-repeated claim that he is a “prophet” of scientific progress, and that many of his novels involve elements of technology that were fantastic for his day but later became commonplace. These claims have a long history, especially in America, but the modern scholarly consensus is that such claims of prophecy are heavily exaggerated. As with science fiction, Verne himself flatly denied that he was a futuristic prophet, saying that any connection between scientific developments and his work were “mere coincidence” and attributing his indisputable scientific accuracy to his extensive research: “even before I began writing stories, I always took numerous notes out of every book, newspaper, magazine, or scientific report that I came across.”

Basic ideas for science fiction novels

  • Change an existing law of the universe.
  • Imagine the end of the world.
  • Imagine a new invention that would change the world.
  • Think of an existing technology, then imagine what would happen if it were taken much further.
  • Imagine that time travel is possible.
  • Imagine the world in the future.
  • Imagine life on another planet.
  • Imagine a new species of super-humans.
  • Imagine that an actual important historical event had gone differently.
  • Imagine extraterrestrials coming to earth.

Enjoy imagining

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Founder of Lichtbild & Head of his own strange world / Vintage Enthusiast / Photographer / Graphic Designer /Typography "lover" / Book Collector / Spanish+German Mix / Lives in Coruña / Sometimes heads back home & Sleeps. /*

12 thoughts on “Sci-fi”

  1. Wonderful post. Great project. Your images evoke a sense of mystery and awe that is very much associated with the science fiction genre. Also, you’ve gathered and distilled some very solid advice for writers, experienced and aspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. omg, this looks amazing…
    I love sci-fi books, used to read a lot… my two favorites are Solaris (Stanislaw Lem) and the Goblin Reservation (Clifford Simak)… and don’t start me on sci-fi movies lol :)
    you are so creative, Alberto, I really admire that :)

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    • Ahh yes Kris Kelvin reaching Solaris… wonderful book and from Simak I think I only read A ring around the Sun. The first book I read about the existence of parallel worlds, galaxies and universes; the existence of not one but endless Earths… thanks for making me remember :D

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  3. luna tan dice:

    no doubt, if the image above is the cover of any sci-fi book or magazine, i would be happy to spend quite moments reading every word.
    great stuff as usual :)

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